I do all my blogging on a Mac and there are several apps I use daily that help me keep my projects running easier and more effective. I wanted to share them with you in hope that you might find some of them useful for your own projects. Most of these are free for you to download and use. As I use a Mac I am not sure if any of these are available for Windows computers or if there are any alternatives that do the same for Windows. Let us take a look.
My best apps
- iPhoto – For keeping all the images nicely organized. I use a lot of images of my own images in my posts so this is very nice way to keep track of them all. I also like the option to “Enhance” a photo which is a very simple way of getting a better picture without doing much editing.
- Duplifinder – If you’re working with many images there are bound to be duplicates. This app helps you locate and delete them. This is in order to have your photo database more clean and nicer to look through.
- Preview – For basic image editing, cutting and resizing. It also compresses the size of images for faster load on the web. Very simple to use.
- Pixelmator – For all the more advanced image editing needs. Kind of like an easier to use version of Photoshop.
- Screenflow – I use this to film my computer screen when I do instructional videos like those you can see on my Youtube channel embedded throughout these pages.
- iMovie - Simple app that is easy to use but has some very professional looking video editing features.
- Skype – For meetings and phone calls online.
- Flycat - Clipboard manager that saves and allows easy access for multiple cut-and-paste texts.
- TextEdit – Simple text editor for distraction-free article writing.
- Day One - For the diary and note writing.
- TextWrangler – For editing the CSS of the page and all the other coding needs.
- Cyberduck – For all the FTP work on a website server.
- Self Control – For blacklisting websites that make me waste my time (i.e. Facebook, Twitter) for a certain period of time.
- Time Out - Working long hours is not too good for your eyes. I use this to take 20 second breaks from the screen every 20 minutes when necessary.
- Google Chrome – If I’m not using one of the apps, I am usually doing all the work in Chrome. I do almost everything in this browser including emails, docs, calendar, to-do list and WordPress.
- AdBlock – Chrome extension that makes the web more simple by blocking the ads that distract you and slow down your website browsing.
- Rapportive – Chrome extension that sits next to your email and tells you more details about the person you are in the conversation with.
You can find these apps in the Mac App Store. Most of them are free, some of them you have to pay for but are worth it. If you’re not on a Mac, many of these will be available for your OS as well. If not, you might be able to find some alternatives that do the same job. What apps are you using for your blogging?